We read recently that an alleged escaped lion from Butlins camp in 1933 was a a publicity stunt dreamed up by Billy Butlin himself ! The stunt caused widespread fear in the Sussex, Bognor Regis area and ended with various parties being summoned to court.
The summonses alleged that at the parish of Bognor Regis they had unlawfully conspired, combined, confederated, and agreed together to “commit a public mischief” and, by false statements, “to wit that a lion, which was being transported in a motor vehicle had escaped and was at large” near Bognor Regis.
Quite funny now but the local were not laughing at the time?
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